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3263 Edition

September 8 - September 14,  2014

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PCT One-Leads-One Evangelical Movement Focuses On Youth Evangelicalism

 

 

Reported by Simon Lin

 

 

From September 1st to 3rd, leaders of every PCT presbytery are invited by evangelical center of "One-Lead-One and New Dubling Movement" to hold an annual evangelical meeting at Hsin-chu. Focusing on the bottle-neck difficulties on youth evangelicalism, PCT general assembly tries to work together with presbyteries and local congregations to find a way out and establish the evangelical ministry agenda for the visions of next year's White Paper report.

 

 

Rather than recruiting only representatives from each presbytery as in the past, Rev. Tsai Nan-hsin -chief executive of PCT evangelical center - emphasized that much more young men, co-workers at college student centers, women and elderly people are also invited to attend this annual evangelical meeting. This is to make our one-leads-one evangelical movement becomes more plural and dynamic.

 

After discussing with the pastors from the presbyteries of aboriginal Paiwan, rural Cha-yi and urban Taipei, Dai Yi-ren, a youth representative from Taichung college student center, concluded that the main cause of PCT's youth decrease are due to (1) PCT is short of characteristics of young people, and (2) local congregations do not catch the real spirit of PCT, let alone to pass it on to the youth. In addition, Dai suggests there should be a communication platform between local congregations and the church youth; otherwise, it is very liable that the youth's critical faith and praxis learned from their PCT campus co-workers or evangelists could be easily excluded by their own local congregations.

 

 

Evangelist Tsai Hen-wei, campus evangelical co-worker at Taichung college student center, points out that the youth need to speak out loud their demand in the church. In the mean time, the youth should also be arranged to take part in the session to learn and understand how the church works. Accordingly, some sovereignty of ministry decision should be shared to the youth.

 

 

Many issues are also discussed by different groups in this annual meeting, including how should college student center cooperate with PCT general assembly and presbytery? What are their respective responsibilities in this one-leads-one evangelical movement?  Could there be any framework to integrate the existent church resources? Is there any meaning or function for the alma mater fellowship after the youth student is graduated? How to care and concern for the pastor kids on campus? How the women fellowship proceed pastoral concern for the young single woman? and etc.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

To make one-leads-one evangelical movement becomes more plural and dynamic, evangelist co-worker at PCT college student centers, students, women and elderly members are invited to attend this annual meeting of One-Leads-One Evangelical Movement at Hsin-chu .

Photo by Simon Lin


 
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Taiwan Church News

3262 Edition

September 1 - September 7, 2014

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Faith And Witness Of Christian Missionaries And Urban Aboriginal Exhibited At The Migration Stories in Taiwan

 

 

Reported by Chen Yi-hsuan

 

 

From August 27 to March 29 next year, focusing on Christian missionaries, Dachen Archipelago evacuated people, urban aboriginal and new immigrant women from China and south-eastern Asia, an exhibition - The Migration Stories in Taiwan - is held in National Museum of Taiwan History. As PCT has deep connections with missionaries and aboriginal people, PCT General Assembly together with Ku-wah Church of Paiwan Presbytery anf Yong-fu Church of Tainan Presbytery are jointly invited to co-host this event.

 

 

August 27, at the opening ceremony of the exhibition, the elders and the juvenile youth of Ku-wah Church sing the traditional Paiwan harvest song to express their thanksgiving to God. And the children of Sunday school also sing in old lyrics to praise God.

 

 

This special exhibition, taking modern Taiwan immigrants as the main thread, is intended to lead the audience to reach more mutual understanding, respect and tolerance when diverse immigration modes or multi-faced displacement are encountered in lives. Within this event, not only the difficult experiences and challenging immigration stories of persons or tribes are preciously demonstrated, but also the diverse social textures within Taiwan history are revealed.

 

 

Rev. Duan Sai-yin, pastor of Ku-wah Church at Yong-kang district, expresses her appreciation to the exhibition organizer that her urban aboriginal people who are so hard-working in good faith could finally be written down and recorded into Taiwan history with names and dignities. Reflecting the migration hardship and difficulties, that her church brother and sisters faced when they first came down to urban city from mountain and rural villages, Rev. Duan cannot help but sob in tears. "Have a faith in God, then the job becomes stable; with a stable job, the family becomes good", she sums up the gist of the migration story of the urban aboriginal.

 

 

In the meantime, Christian missionaries dedicating to Taiwan with their passionate love and precious lives are also remembered in this exhibition, like Rev. William Campbell (1841 - 1921) who initiated and pioneered the education to the blind in Taiwan. Mr. Wang Shu-lok, Evangelist of Yong-fu Presbyterian Church, is scheduled to deliver a lecture, titled as "The education for the blind by Rev. William Campbell and Mr. Liao Wan", at 2:30 pm on October 19.

 

 

The exhibition organizer, Ms Wu Jia-nie, remarks that the reason why she chose the Christian missionaries into this migration story event is due to the amazing story of Missionary Marjorie Ingleleiv Bly(1919 - 2008) who sacrificed her whole life, over 40 years, to serve those leprosy patients in the remote Peng-fu islands came to her occasionally and touched her vibrantly. "Because she commits to Taiwan wholeheartedly, Taiwan certainly is her home and would embrace her as dear families", said Wu.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

The elders and the juvenile, representing Paiwan presbytery's Ku-wah Church at Tainan's Yong-kang district, singing the traditional Paiwan harvest song to express their thanksgiving to God on the opening ceremony for the exhibition of The Migration Stories In Taiwan which is kicked off from August 27th 2014 until March 29th 2015.

 

Photo supplied by Jiang Yi-nan

 

Urban aboriginal women attentively looked into their own migration stories in the exhibition hall.

 

Photo supplied by Jiang Yi-nan

 
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Taiwan Church News

3261 Edition

August 25 - August 31, 2014

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Kathleen E. M. Moody, A Pioneering Musician For Taiwan Church Musics, Is Commemorated By PCT



Reported by Chen Yi-hsuan



Kathleen(Kate) E. M. Moody(1920 - 2014), a British missionary woman, devoting her most energetic 37 years in the education of church musics for Taiwan church, died on August 4 in UK. Though her requiem mass was held at St. Richard's Roman Catholic Church on August 18 at Chichester UK, PCT held a musical memorial service for her on August 23 at the Chapel of Tainan Theological College and Seminary(TTCS).


During her 37 years service in Taiwan, she not only established the church music department within TTCS but also trained many chorus for East Gate Barclay Memorial Church, Chang Jung Girl High School and Chang Jung High School. Her austerity and self-discipline in the teaching is mostly remembered by her students. Many students of her are kept serving for Taiwan's church musics up to date, including the famous Rev. Dr. I-to Lo, who was illuminated by her to delve into church musics ministry.

Rev. Lo Ren-quei, PCT General Assembly Moderator, reflects Kate's humor when he was a seminary student within TTCS: once I was singing, and Kate joked with me that her ear was hurt every time when my sound reached her.  Rev. Yen Hsin-shin, an important member of boarding editors of PCT Hymnal - "Seng-si", praised Kate as a "born musician" possessing strong passion toward life and missionary vision on education. Rev. Hu Chong-min, Chairman of TTCS Board Directors, appreciates Kate's personal encouragement to strengthen his decision to attend college chorus every year and build up his music skill during his study at UK.

According to the reflection of Rev. Raymond Adams: Though Kathleen Moody studied sociology in the college, her inherited talents from the music-loving family and campus gave her a solid training to minister for church music. "During World War II, as Shoki Coe(1st TTCS president afterwards) lived in the house of Dr. David Landsborough IV who was acquainted with Kathleen Moody, she began to learn more stories about Taiwan and felt called to serve there. Later, she was ordained as a missionary by Presbyterian Church f England(now United  Reformed Church) and went to study theology in Birmingham".

Kate left for Taiwan by boat in 1948, when she was 28 years old, and retired in 1985. She sacrificed her most energetic and prolific life to God and Taiwan Church. After her return back to Chichester UK, she kept attending church and social activity, devoting herself into her most loved arts & musics, and got accepted into Roman Catholic St Richard's parish. Many friends took care of her, due to her Parkinson illness, until her pass away.

Translated by Peter Wolfe

To commemorate Honorary Professor Kathleen E. M. Moody, a musical memorial service is held by PCT on August 23 at the Chapel of Tainan Theological College and Seminary(TTCS).

Photo by Chen Yi-hsuan

 
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Taiwan Church News

3260 Edition

August 18 - August 24, 2014

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Jubilance Singers And Orchestra Brings Peace And Good News To Traumatic Taiwan In August

 

Reported by Hwang Yi-lek

 

Invited by PCT Evangelical Committee to boost her 101 evangelical program, the famous Canadian evangelical music fellowship - Jubilance Singers and Orchestra(JSO) - arrives Taiwan amid the so-called ghost month to deliver good news in peaceful music by an one-month music tour.

 

Started from Lo-Tong Presbyterian Church of Chi-shing Presbytery, the JSO evangelical music tour has 15 stops around Taiwan, including Mackay Memorial Hospital, Sinlau Hospital, Joyce McMillan Social Welfare Foundation, The Mustard Seed Children's Home and Hualien Youth Home, Tamkang High School and Hsin-yih Junior High School.

 

JSO comes to Tainan East Gate Barclay Memorial Church in a heavy rain-fall night of August 12. Rev. Lo Ren-quei, Director Pastor of East Gate Barclay Memorial Church and also Moderator of PCT General Assembly, praises JSO as a wonderful musical group itinerating 44 countries in last 32 years only to convince everyone that God is so good and great. "This is because music is the best communication even in contexts within different languages", said Rev. Lo.

 

Mr. Manne Idesrom, captain and conductor of JSO, witnesses in this evangelical itinerary that he initially declined the calling from God, but finally summoned to serve Him in musical ministry after his life had been radically changed by God and felt born again. Idestrom said to the audience, "Why I tell you my witness story? Because I wish you will understand that Jesus also has a very good plan for you. And that plan will bring you hope!".

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Jubilant Singers and Orchestra, led by Mr. Manne Idestrom(center standing), bringing peace and good news around Taiwan in the agonised August which is plagued with trauma and horror after the Peng-fu plane crash and Kaohsiung big blast.

 

Photo by Hwang Yi-lek

 
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Taiwan Church News

3259 Edition

August 11 - August 17, 2014

Church Ministry

 

A PCT Observation Group For The Scottish Independence Referendum Is Ready To Launch

 

Reported by Hwang Yi-lek

 

The Scotland government will hold a historical independence referendum on September 18th for the Scottish people to decide whether they would separate from the United Kingdom or not. Whatever comes the result, it would definitely bring a big impact to UK. And the whole world will also be greatly affected by this extraordinary event.

 

The Church of Scotland(CoS) is never absent to engage this history-breaking public policy, since 2012 her Church and Society Council has already been committed by General Assembly to study and review this independence event from various point of views - including theological, ethical, spiritual considerations.

 

Because Taiwan's status quo is somehow similar to Scotland, PCT naturally would like to learn about the effects of independence referendum toward the Church of Scotland, particularly about her theological stance, and the related social context, political backgrounds and current existing situations about Scotland society.

 

Invited by the CoS, PCT has organized an observation group ready to go for the Scottish independence referendum in 2014. This PCT observation group, jointly sponsored by PCT Ecumenical and International Relations Committee and Church and Society Committee, intend to understand how CoS formulate their affirmative values for this independence referendum, how Christians show the image of a new country to the Scotland society, and what kinds of theological reflections are on agenda after the independence referendum is taken as a national issue.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe


 
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Taiwan Church News

3259 Edition

August 11 - August 17, 2014

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Cross-religious Ceremonies Hold For The Victims of Peng-hu Airplane Crash and Kaohsiung Big Blast

 

Reported by Chen Yi-hsaun

 

On the rainy August 12, a cross-religious service was held to commemorate the victims of Peng-hu airplane crash and Kaohsiung big blast. Rev. Lo Ren-quei, Moderator of PCT General Assembly, together with 20 pastors across denominations, paying tribute and deliver their blessings to the victims and their families. Under the comforting hymn, Closer To God, played by Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra, Rev. Lo recited the poem written by Rev. Chen Shen-chen in prayer for the deceased and genuinely touched the heart of the crowd in this solemn ceremony.

 

12 hour after Kaohsiung Big Blast, PCT immediately established an emergency accommodation contact center at San-duo Presbyterian Church helping to care and concern the inflicted citizens. Though this emergency center has finished her temporary task on August 8, the PCT Church and Society Committee still urged PCT members to offer their intercession and donation for the subsequent re-construction works.

 

Rev. Lyim Hong-Tiong, when he came to visit San-duo emergency center, expressed his peronal deep thanks and appreciation for all kinds of volunteer efforts and resources from all involved churches. To efficiently engage within the future re-construction, Rev. Lyim encourage both Church and Society Committee of Kaohsiung and So-san Presbytery could work together closely and support Kaohsiung City Government's operation in human resources and related demands. "Taiwan is one body just like Church is one", Rev. Lyim emphasized.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Rev. Lo Ren-quei(center), with 20 pastors across denominations, representing Taiwan's Christian Church to pay their tributes and blessings for the victims and families of Peng-hu Airplane Crash and Kaohsiung Big Blast.

 

Photo by Chen Yi-hsaun

 

 
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